Heads up: What you need to know about concussions

A concussion is a blow to the head that affects how the brain works. It is a form of brain injury. You can’t see it, but it causes changes in a person’s behavior, thinking or physical actions. Young people who play sports or are active other ways, such as riding bikes or playing on the playground, are at risk for concussion.

Signs of a concussion can occur right away or hours or even days after the injury occurs. It’s possible to have a concussion even if you never lose consciousness. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can include:

  • headache
  • problems with memory
  • upset stomach (nausea) or vomiting
  • balance issues or dizziness
  • double or blurry vision
  • being sensitive to light or sounds
  • feeling hazy, foggy or groggy
  • problems concentrating
  • confusion
  • not “feeling right”

Long-term problems are possible if a person has more than one concussion, or is re-injured before the brain fully heals. That’s why rest, seeking medical treatment, and following a doctor’s instructions are all important. Even better is to prevent concussions in the first place.

The brain is a very important organ. Without it, nothing else in a body can function. Teach your child how to prevent concussions and protect their brain with our “Brain Boost”  and “The Concussion Conundrum” lessons, activities and Power Chargers.

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